Notes from Nina Power and the lovers of Silvan Tomkins

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sedgwick and Frank’s text reads like a love letter to a deceased Tomkins.  Some of us found it difficult to not be affected by what appears like a naively simplistic and repetitious prose. Unlike S&F, we didn’t allow that affection to impede our critical abilities.

We enjoyed the description of the binaries, an opposition to which is appealing.  We discussed a similarity between the graphic representation of Tomkins’s affects to the intensities of D&G. The intensity of a stimulus defines which affect is realised in the subject of feeling.

We couldn’t agree wholeheartedly with S&F’s criticism of Cvetkovich, at felt it was a somewhat playground defence of their hero.

And Nina Power hits us where it hurts us: in our commodified relationships to ourselves, reminding us of our complicities, whether in “lipstick feminism” (wha?) or in our lifestyle choices that perpetually lead to ideologies preserving us as good capitalist subjects.

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